A nation divided
The United States expanded their borders in the first part of the 1800's. Since that time, there have been many differences among the various regions. It was difficult for Americans to agree on anything. Each region wanted to make decisions that would benefit their self instead of thinking what would be best for the country as a whole. A war was brewin'.
Slavery was a flared argument between the North and the South.
Under the Kansas-Nebraska Act, the Missouri Compromise was changed to allow the territories the opportunity the decide for themselves whether to allow slavery . They would have to decide by voting